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Sea Lice (Overview)

"sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers. They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash. In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours to appear after exposure.


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Does anyone know what is sea lice?

Does anyone know what is sea lice?

Jellyfish larvae: Real sea lice are fish parasites that have no impact on humans, but the organisms most people call "sea lice" are actually the larvae of jellyfish, which sting your skin while you swim in the ocean. Read more

Sea Lice (Overview)

"sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers. They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash. In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours to appear after exposure.


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What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

What is the definition or description of: sea lice?

Larvae: "sea lice" are the larvae of jellyfish and other stingers. The microscopic larvae contain the same nematocysts (sting cells) as adult jellyfish and stingers. They end to get under bathing suits and cause an itchy red rash. In most cases, symptoms can take up to six to nine hours to appear after exposure. Read more

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Vacation in Jamaica last week. May have sea lice or something the same lines. How do I know for sure? If it's sea lice, do we need to see a dr?

Sea lice: It's difficult to diagnose sea lice - also known as sea bather's eruption - unless trained doc that can see the actual larvae that cause it under a microscope. The diagnosis otherwise is mainly by history and exam. The rash typically involves area covered by clothing such as bathing suit or t-shirt worn in sea water where jellyfish reside. Jamaica certainly qualifies. Use Benadryl, (diphenhydramine) topical steroid Read more

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How do I get rid of sea lice?

How do I get rid of sea lice?

No perfect treatment: Sea lice do not have a specific treatment and will resolve in about one week. Itching is under bathing suit area. And this is usually caught in fresh not salt water. Topical or oral steroids can reduce itching until it resolves. Read more

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How do you get rid of your sea lice?

How do you get rid of your sea lice?

Sea lice actually...: ...Are jellyfish larvae, which sting when they come in contact with the skin during ocean bathing. (real sea lice are fish parasites & do not affect humans.) common home remedies to relieve the itching and burning from jellyfish stings include vinegar and meat tenderizer. Hydrocortisone cream and oral antihistamines such as Allegra may help to relieve the itching. Wash swimsuit in fresh water. Read more

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What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my sea lice?

Vinegar: 'sea lice' are stings from microscopic jelly fish babies. They can be both painful and itchy. Remove your swimsuit, shower. Afterwards rinse affected areas with dilluted vinegar (about 1 bottle per gallon of water) to deactivate the venom. If still itchy you can use topical anti-itch creams and oral antihistamines. It takes several weeks for this to heal. See your doctor if severe. Read more

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Permethrin cream uses for sea lice?

No!: Sea lice is not an infestation it is only a contact dermatitis like poison ivy. Hydrocotisone cream can be used for sea lice along with aveeno baths and oral Benadryl (diphenhydramine) for itching. Permethrin is for head lice. Read more

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Can a doctor suggest how to deal with sea lice?

Yes: Here is a great article!
http://www. Doh. State. Fl.Us/environment/medicine/foodsurveillance/pdfs/sea_lice_or_sea-bather%27s_eruption. Pdf. Read more

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Should I see a specialist for sea lice, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Sea Lice: I would see your regular doctor first to see if he can help and let this doctor decide if you need a specialist. Read more

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Is there any way to get Rid of the actual rash of sea lice? I've had it already for 8 days.

Is there any way to get Rid of the actual rash of sea lice? I've had it already for 8 days.

"Sea lice": Actual byproduct of jellyfish. Various treatments, cold showers, ice, NSAIDS, bathing in dilute vinegar and using 1% hydrocortisone cream (which may help your rash). All the best. Read more

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What happens if you go in the ocean and it has sea lice and you accidentally swallow it, will it effect your insides?

No: Sea lice cannot survive the hostile environment of your stomach and its acidic environment. They are immediately dead on arrival, so nothing to worry about there. Read more

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My daughter just got back from a beach trip she's 12 years old she is covered in what looks like sea lice it's all over her legs her but her back in b?

Not unusual.: Please have your family physician give you a recommendation for your daughter to see a dermatologist. There is also a chance that the lice may spread to other members of the house. Read more

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How can I treat lice?

Tx of lice: Requires accurate identification of nits ; / or lice. A pediculicide is usually used- otc like nix (permethrin) or rid or prescription meds like lindane or malathion. Work carefully through hair ; remove individual nits. Purchase a special lice nit comb to aid you. Check for nits ; remove as seen over the next 7 to 10 days. If there are nits after 7 to 10 days – a 2nd pediculicide tx may be needed. Read more

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Are public lice white?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. Read more

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How do I look for lice?

How do I look for lice?

Lice: A person with head lice may have no symptoms. The most common symptom is itching. There may be a crawling or movement sensation on the scalp. A person may develop sores from scratching. Scratching can be significant enough to prevent good sleep. Nits are louse eggs. Nits can be white, yellow, tan to gray depending on if the nit has hatched, if it is dead or what stage of development it is in. >. Read more

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What color are public lice?

PUBIC LICE: Lice may be tan to brown gray & the size of a sesame seed. Nits are tiny, light to white colored deposits that adhere to hair. Pubic lice may be found on genitalia, underarms, chest or even eye brows. Skin may have small pink or reddish bump with a central dot. The skin surrounding older bites may be purple or blue. Read more

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How do you remove lice? : (

Special comb and tx: Buy the lice treatment at your local store and follow the directions and wash all linens but the lice comb must be used to remove all the eggs. Consider other family members or contacts. Read more

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Body Lice (Definition)

Similar to head lice, these tiny parasitic insects live on the clothes and can often be seen at the seams. They feed on the blood of the host, and ...Read more


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Pediculosis (Definition)

Refers to infestation with lice. Pediculosis can include head lice, body ...Read more